Looking for a head start in college?

We are excited to see you on campus this fall as you start your academic career at Purdue University. To help you get the most out of your first year, you are invited to participate in a special five-week program this summer to make the transition from high school to college as smooth as possible.

You’ve been told that college will provide different academic challenges than high school did, even for those students who have performed well. The Academic Boot Camp (ABC) has been designed to assist you successfully navigate these differences.

This program is made possible by gifts from ArcelorMittalBoeingEli Lilly, Caterpillar and John Deere.

When you attend, you will:

  • Be introduced to college-level coursework and the necessary self-discipline to complete it
  • Be provided academic tools to succeed in the Purdue Polytechnic Institute, College of Science, and College of Engineering
  • Become acclimated to campus
  • Establish a beneficial network of students and professors

Why Attend?

There are multiple benefits to your participation in this program including:

  • Experience college life before it counts toward your GPA
  • Start your freshman year with the confidence that comes from already knowing some of the important material
  • Have a chance at earning additional scholarship aid (including a $2,000 scholarship for highest performing Polytechnic student at the camp)

During your five-week attendance in the program, you will take classes in the subjects of (but not limited to):

  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Group Project
  • Polytechnic courses and labs
  • Time Management

In addition, since college isn’t all work, you will engage in various recreational opportunities throughout the program.

Camp Dates

July 8 - August 10, 2018


  • Register Now!
  • Registration to the program is limited to the first 20 students.
  • If additional information is needed or you require an accommodation or special assistance due to a disability, email or call 765.494.4935.


Participants may check in on July 8 between 3 and 4 p.m. in Earhart Hall. Please allow ample travel time as the program will begin promptly at 4 p.m. Eastern Time.


Thanks to our corporate sponsors, there is a minimal cost for the ABC program.

  • If you register and pay by May 10, cost is $750
  • If you register and pay after May 10 but before June 10 deadline, cost is $1000
  • In addition, you will need to purchase textbooks and supplies for class.
  • Scholarships are available. Students with a strong desire to attend the program, but who lack financial means, should contact Toni Munguia, director of the Technology Diversity Program, at (765) 494-7522 or